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totally switching gears here, they're graphic, they're disturbing, they're the new warning labels that will begin appearing on packs of cigarettes starting next year. so why are new labels being attached to all these different cigarette packages? because if you took all the deaths that happened each and every year from car accidents, hiv, illegal drug use, suicide, alcohol use, and murders, folks, it still wouldn't add up to the number of deaths caused by smoking. that's according to the centers for disease control and for disease control and prevention. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com cnn's mkt correspondent elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, let's begin with these images. walk us through what people will begin seeing on these warning labels. >> let's start with the old image. this is what's currently on labels. boring and invisible. that's what the fda calls it, invisible. these are the new ones. you can't get much less invisible than that. a guy who's dead, i guess. "smoking can kill you." "cigarettes can cause cancer." those are some nasty teeth. "cigarettes are addictive."
smoke coming out of this guy's neck. and "tobacco smoke can harm your children." you will notice that this takes up 50% of the surface area on both the front and the back. so these are big. and why are they doing it? well, 1 in 5 adults in the united states smokes cigarettes, and that is 443,000 tobacco-related deaths per year. brooke? >> i know that they're hoping for these to be effective, and maybe i just work with a semi-cynical crowd. but we were talking about it this morning and some people said, look, if you want to smoke you're going to smoke. you're not necessarily going to look at some image on a cigarette box. so let's talk about alternatives, elizabeth. what other kinds of things would work when it comes to reducing smoking? >> first of all, i want to say that i think your friends may be right because there have actually been studies that show that when other countries have tried to do this it hasn't worked really all that well. i mean, really kind of modest decreases, if any, in smoking. so for example, in australia when they did this, which is really graphic, or in chile this
says tobacco reduces your physical fitness and sexual fitness, you know, that didn't necessarily do so well. it didn't really make a huge impact. but look at what they did in new york. and this did have an impact. in new york they did ads plus they did tax increases, plus they did smoke-free workplaces, plus they had free patch programs, plus they had anti-smoking ads. and that brought the smoking rate down from 21% in 2001 to 15% in 2009. so these labels themselves are not going to do it. >> and i was tweeting with some of my tweeps i guess before the show and i said bottom line what is it that would get to you stop smoking? and they were talking money. if we were to maybe tax, add a dollar to every pack of cigarettes, maybe that would help impact, you know, people's health. >> right. experts tell me of everything on this list the tax increases are the most effective. if we put a $1 tax on every pack of cigarettes, the american
cancel yore socie cancer society says 1.4 million americans would quit smoking, 1.7 million kids would never start, and 1.3 million lives would be saved. you know, for example, in new york city they put some really big taxes on there. i mean, it can be $10, $11 or even more for a pack of cigarettes in new york. and they are seeing their smoking rates decline. >> that is what many people say would finally be the deterrent. elizabeth cohen, thank you. elizabeth mentioned some of the other countries here take some of these steps. and i just want to give a bigger perspective because we know the united states may have been the first country in the world actually to put any kind of warning labels on cigarettes, but since then more than 30 countries have resorted to using graphic warnings on tobacco products. and canada started using graphic warnings, like elizabeth was just talking about, back in 2001. and just last year they made them even more graphic, more disturbing, and they now have to cover 75% of your cigarette package. i want to go to louie pru. he is the acting director of health canada's tobacco directorate. he is in ottawa.
louie, good to see you. we thought who could we talk to to give better perspective, and we wanted to go to you. and as we mentioned, some of the images in canada are even so disturbing we can't even show them here on cnn. they're just that graphic. as i mentioned, your country's been doing this for ten years, sir. how effective has this beencurb? >> well, since 2001, as you mentioned, canada has had graphic health warning messages on its tobacco packages at 50%, which is as of today, by the way, the law of the land. we are, as you mentioned, trying to move to 75%. we're seeking concurrence of our house of commons right now. in terms of the effectiveness of health warning messages, i'd just like to say that prevalence of canadian smoking 15 years or older has dropped from 24% in 2000 to 18% today. now, it's not all attributable
to obviously labeling on packages. there are other factors, other measures that have been put in place that have helped that along. but definitely, health warning messages have played a part in that drop in prevalence. >> well, louis, you mentioned youngsters. one of my questions is you look at teenagers, they're particularly susceptible to maybe this type of marketing. is that maybe more of your target audience here with these disturbing images versus maybe someone who's just kind of a lifetime smoker? >> it is absolutely one of the things that we are very mindful of, our people, is to make sure that people do not start smoking. obviously, we are still looking at having people quit. but definitely that people do not start is very, very important. one of the measures that go along with graphic warning labels, obviously, in canada is the age at which kids can start legally buying these packs. these measures are also very
important in trying to reduce prevalence and preventing kids from smoking. >> but look, i mean, i know your target audience, it may perhaps be that the teenagers and folks who haven't ever puffed a cigarette in their lives, but also you want people to quit, right? so then i have actually a couple canadians on my team, and they tell me that in canada it's very, very easy to buy these boxes, you know, maybe at the convenience store where you can just slip that over this disturbing-looking cigarette packet and you don't even think about this kind of warning. >> such -- you're talking about things to cover the actual -- >> exactly. >> -- images -- >> to cover the box. >> okay. yes. these are available, and they are not illegal for sales. we don't see a lot of traction on such products. there's not massive evidence that this is popular. >> the bottom line, you say that these graphic images are making a difference, and you're covering more of these boxes and
perhaps we'll start to see similar ramifications here in the united states. louis proulx, thank you so much. from ottawa, canada. and you know what? you can actually see an entire gallery of what these different warning labels look like from all these other countries. some of them are very, very disturbing. just go to cnn.com/health. louis, thank you. he says the government shouldn't be building new roads in baghdad if they can't do it in baltimore. an l.a. mayor, antonio villaraigosa, is not alone here. he is joining other mayors all across the country calling on the president toned the wars in afghanistan and iraq and shell out those billions right here at home. he's going to join me next live. plus, a little close for comfort, huh? we're going to show you more of this amazing tornado footage caught on camera. we'll be right back. ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us: people, companies, communities
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here is what a bunch of the nation's mayors are saying to washington. they're saying you are out of touch with people and all of their struggles here in this economy. this bipartisan group of mayors met a little earlier yesterday with president obama and vice president biden and then afterwards they broke it down, congress needs to do more to create jobs. in fact, the head of the u.s. conference of mayors said it this way -- "we have a congress
that is dithering." l.a. mayor antonio villaraigosa is the president of the conference of mayors, and he's with me now live from l.a. mr. mayor, good to have you back on the show. i want to begin here with this message. you know, you're telling congress, you're telling the president and the vice president you have to do more to stimulate the economy. what specifically are you asking of them? how can the federal government specifically create jobs? >> well, we have to invest in infrastructure. we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to invest in people again, to make sure that the displaced workers, and there are too many of them across the country in our cities, are actually getting trained for the jobs that are opening up in our economy. we've got to educate our workers. we've got to invest in infrastructure. we can't completely eviscerate the safety net, whether it's medicaid or funding for our cities. what we're saying is that the
congress is out of touch with what's going on in our city today. >> let me jump in because you used the word "infrastructure" twice. i want you to just break it down for me. i mean, how exactly can infrastructure create jobs, say, in your city of l.a.? >> well, we can accelerate the investments that we're making in the city of los angeles in public transportation, in highway repair. we can help the ports, the airports. we could do something about our energy grid, which is outdated and antiquated. we can invest in america all across the country. today what you have is china spending three times on infrastructure and transportation than the united states of america. we need to invest -- as an example, brooke, the three biggest economies in the united states, new york, chicago, and l.a., are comparable to the gdp of france. new york alone is larger than -- its gdp is larger than the state
of texas. l.a.'s larger than the state of illinois. if we're investing in our metro economies, we're investing in the areas of the country that can generate the most jobs going into the future. 94% of the new jobs that are going to be created in the next year are going to be in our cities. so when they're dithering with the full faith and credit of the united states of america, when they're saying that -- the democrats saying that we're not going to cut medicare and social security, the republicans saying that we're not going to cut defense spending, what's left? everything that matters -- >> let me ask you, what kind of reception -- you were at the white house. you met with the president. you met with the vice president. did they seem receptive? and what will you see as a result of everything you're telling me here today? >> they were receptive. both the president and the vice president were taking notes. we were there for about an hour. but we recognize we're going to have to push everyone. the fact is we're a bipartisan organization.
the fact is both parties are dithering. the fact is they're going to have to come together and resolve this. vice president biden is working to get a bipartisan consensus -- >> right. >> -- around the deficit, the debt. but we want to make sure it's a consensus that doesn't throw cities and our workers under the bus, that doesn't set us back to where we were a couple of years ago. >> sure. and you want to be able to tell the people in l.a. when they come to you and say look, sir, i really want to have a job and i don't even know what the debt ceiling is, you want to be able to get employment. but i also want to ask you about this because we found this interesting. also in baltimore. you passed this resolution urging congress to quickly end the wars in iraq and afghanistan, which by the way the president is addressing the nation specifically on troop withdrawal regarding afghanistan tomorrow night, 8:00 esche. we're of course going to take it live here at cnn. but you pass this resolution, not quite as sternly worded as it was back during the nixon days about the vietnam war, but
yet why was that important for mayors, democrats, republicans, to come together and take that stance with regard to the wars here? why mayors? >> first of all, it was strongly worded in that we support our troops. and the best way to honor our troops is to make sure they have a job when they come back, is to make sure that they have the skills that they need to get to work. secondly, it was not so much a war resolution, as i've heard some say, as a jobs resolution. we want america to invest in bridges here in kansas city and baltimore, not just kandahar and baghdad. the fact of the matter is that our infrastructure is crumbling and our unemployment rate is still too high. and so that resolution was more about jobs than it was about the war. and it strongly honored and supports our troops. >> you want to see that change. you want to see the creation.
and you want it here domestically. i hear you, mayorvillaraigosa. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> did you. now this. >> get your babies. get your dogs. get what you need to get out. >> apocalypse. i've never seen anything like this in my life. >> folks in texas told to get your stuff and get out. more on the wildfire that's now spreading into homes. plus, you remember this? >> there's substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally. >> senator john mccain blaming arizona's wildfires on illegal immigrants. well, hang on because he's backtracking on those controversial comments. he's backtracking today. we're going to let you know what it is he's saying now, right after this. [ slap! ]
got a couple of weather stories for you. first i want to take you inside a tornado. take a look at this. this is a tornado touching down. this is along the nebraska-kansas border. remember we were talking about tornadoes right around that part of the country yesterday. four members in one kansas family were slightly injured. their home was destroyed. the storms last night disrupted the college world series in omaha, but at first people there didn't take the sirens as seriously as they should have, and then they started to run. look at this. the national weather service says winds were close to 70 miles per hour. the fans were able to take
shelter while the storm passed them by. the game was rescheduled for tonight. now i want to talk about these wildfires. they're burning across 12 states. it is a huge, huge threat. nearly a million and a half acres have burned thus far. thousands of people trying to cope with this. the fast-moving fire is in grimes county, texas. that is near houston. that has destroyed at least 26 homes. one man who owns land there describes the scene as "an apocalyp apocalypse." 1,800 homes and businesses are evacuated right now. government experts say there are 52 different fires burning out of control. as i mentioned, in those 12 different states. and fire crews, they are getting some help. in texas, for example, four national guard blackhawk helicopters and two chinooks are now part of that fight. the largest of the fires we've been talking about this fire for days now, the wallow fire in east central arizona and west central new mexico, it has burned more than half a million acres there alone, and it's about 200 miles from the mexico
border. that is significant, folks, because here's why. senator john mccain of arizona walking back a little bit from something he said over the weekend about the wildfires in his home state. he commented, "there is substantial evidence that some of those fires have been caused by people who've crossed our border illegally. and if you've been reading, you know he's gotten a little bit of criticism for that comment, especially from latino rights activists. his office says he was talking about the fires in general, not the wallow fire, which as i mentioned is the one near the border. and this morning, several times in fact, he offered his own take on the controversy, saying basically, what's the big deal? here he is, senator mccain. >> frankly, i'm not sure what all this controversy is about. a group of us senators asked for a gao study on the same issue, and you just saw sheriff larry deaver, who will tell you that the monument fire was started when they -- when the forest was closed. so anyone who was in there is illegal. so i'm not sure what all the
controversy's about, to tell you the truth. >> and i want to let you know our own congressional correspondent, senior congressional correspondent dana bash caught up with senator john mccain today on the hill and he reiterated the same thing, that he was briefed before the meeting and echoed the same sentiment as he just did there. now, according to the u.s. forest service there is no evidence that the wallow fire was caused by undocumented immigrants. now, firefighters in arizona, they are getting some help with regard to the weather today. the forest service says the winds are dropping and that will allow crews to get back in the sky and fight that fire from there. chad myers is here tracking this thing for me again today. so i know as we mentioned fires, 12 states, starting in arizona. how's it looking today? >> hot. the wind is down. the wind is down by cold fronts and storm systems over the rocky mountains bringing that cold air in. cooler air in. >> isn't that a good thing? >> not when you're blowing the -- fanning the flames with that wind. the firefighters are more comfortable, but the fires are completely out of control. >> got it. >> today the wind is down to
almost zero and the temperatures are going to approach 108. tomorrow the temperatures will approach 113. and you put firefighters in there fighting blazes, even though they might not be completely out of control with the wind, it's still a very difficult situation. so hot from tucson all the way back over to albuquerque, and that's what it's going to be for the next couple of days. even the highs today, 108 phoenix, 80 in los angeles. it's the same heat for tomorrow. it's going to be 113 in phoenix. it's just going to be dreadfully hot here all the way from the central and southern plains right on up the east coast. it's the first day of summer. i guess it's supposed to be hot. it's not the hottest day of the year. the sun still warms the earth and still warms the water. for about another 21 to 30 days. and the hottest day of the year is what's called seasonal lag. doesn't even get here for another about three weeks or four weeks. watching a couple more things. we had all those tornadoes. you saw the pictures. tornadoes possible now. a tornado watch right over minneapolis. also not that far to the east of st. louis a couple storms
beginning to spin. we'll watch them for you here. >> i know you will. chad myers, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. and now i want you to listen to this. >> i respect my fellow republican candidates. and i respect the president of the united states. >> he may respect him, but he wants to beat him next year, wants his job. does jon huntsman have what it takes to defeat president obama? that is next. plus build spent, billions more to come, and still no end in sight in the war in afghanistan. now the pressure's on the president to do something about it. 14 clubs. that's what they tell us a legal golf bag can hold. and while that leaves a little room for balls and tees, it doesn't leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right one and drive it right down the middle of pure michigan.
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well, we now know that the president is about to tell us what's next in the afghan war. president obama will be addressing the nation primetime tomorrow night. and we've also learned the president plans to withdraw 30,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan by the end of next year. let's go to the pentagon. chris lawrence, live. and chris, to be specific, when we talk 30,000, these are the so-called surge troops, correct? >> reporter: exactly, brooke. two years ago the president surged another 30,000 troops into afghanistan to bring us to about 100,000 troops. now we're expecting to hear that he will say that he's going to bring all 30,000 of those troops home by the end of next year. the key is what happens between now and then. a capitol hill source is also
telling us that they've been briefed that the president will make the suggestion that he will bring home about 10,000 of those troops this year, the other 20,000 will stay until next year and come home in 2012. >> as you have been reporting, we know that the defense secretary, robert gates, had been a proponent, is still a proponent of a smaller drawdown. in fact, he spoke specifically about the afghan war today. let's listen to what he said. >> sure. >> the president has to take into account on any national security issue sustainability here at home, both among the public and in the congress. and it goes without saying that there are -- there are a lot of reservations in the congress about the war in afghanistan and our level of commitment. there are concerns among the american people, who are tired of a decade of war. >> chris, what is it specifically that the defense secretary would like to see? >> reporter: well, what he's saying is the reality, brooke, is that there are political
considerations. sure, he'd like to see decisions based entirely on the facts on the ground. but wars don't happen in a vacuum. the economy, the will of the american people, all of that does factor in. the war in afghanistan is costing somewhere around $2 billion a week. that's just one of the reasons you've got senators like carl levin, you know, saying, you know, the minimum number that should be brought home this year is 15,000 troops. he said that would send the message to the afghan president, hamid karzai, that the u.s. is serious about the afghans taking responsibility. on the other hand, retired general spider marks said even a 5,000 troop loss this year, which is pretty much what the military officials had put forward, even that would be a loss. he said, you know, you think 5,000 is the low number. he said it's not low to the commander on the ground who loses those 5,000 troops. >> i think it just also bears repeating one number that you
mentioned, it costs us $2 billion a week. chris lawrence -- >> reporter: and one more thing, brooke. >> yeah, go for it. >> reporter: just to bring up. even after these 30,000 troops come home at the end of next year, there are still going to be about 70,000 american troops there in afghanistan. that's twice the number that was there when president george w. bush left office. >> we will all be watching the president tomorrow night and his plan here for the drawdown in afghanistan. tomorrow night, 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. chris lawrence, appreciate it. from the pentagon. >> reporter: you're welcome. and let's talk about jon huntsman. now in the race here. the republican race for president. he made his announcement today with the statue of liberty as his backdrop, from the same spot where ronald reagan launched his campaign some 30 years ago. watch. >> we will conduct this campaign on the high road. i don't think you need to run down someone's reputation in order to run for the office of president. of course we'll have our disagreements. that's what campaigns are all
about. but i want you to know that i respect my fellow republican candidates and i respect the president of the united states. >> huntsman is the former governor of utah. he also quit his job earlier this year as u.s. ambassador to china for president obama. let's get a little bit more perspective from our chief political analyst, gloria borger. and gloria, i tell you what, i woke up this morning and all this much ado made about his backdrop there, you know, the scene, the same spot, right? where ronald reagan announced his candidacy some years ago. why is that significant? >> well, i think they chose it in particular because what he wants to be is an optimistic candidate, fulg of hope-a pealing to people's hopes, not to their resentments, more inclusive than he believes you've seen in the republican field and not kind of your typical attack candidate. that's what his speech was all about today. he said you can disagree without being disagreeable. but when you look at that
picture and you think of ronald reagan declaring there, the problem the campaign has with that photograph is that of course you do think back to reagan. the bar is pretty high when you think back to the speech that reagan gave, how good a communicator he was. i think jon huntsman has a way to go on that front if he's going to be on the national stage. it was a little polite. that's good. but also a little lethargic. so up the energy level a bit, i think. >> okay. he's the latest now to throw his hat in the ring. gloria borger, thank you so much. with jon huntsman news today. and the president here at home may be losing some support. but someone who's not, his wife. up next we're going to take you live to south africa, where the first lady is making a lot of folks smile.
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quick check of some of the other top stories here. first, astronaut mark kelly announced via his facebook page today he's retiring from the u.s. navy and nasa. he says his retirement will be effective october 1st. kelly also posted that he wants to be with his wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords, on her mission to recovery. startling video. this is sir kra. we are told this is on the streets of homs, where bullets are sflieg. you heard them. people are clearly running for cover. and these protesters took to the streets following president bashar assad's address to the nation yesterday morning.
want to stress cnn cannot confirm the authenticity of this video as our reporters are not being allowed into syria. new york lawmakers continue to grapple over a bill that if approved would legalize same-sex marriage in that state. the debate has drawn all kinds of protesters there to albany, to the state capitol. no word yet as to when that vote could happen but our crew there will continue to monitor and we'll bring you any breaking developments. and tracy morgan is returning to nashville today. morgan apologized for those anti-gay remarks he made during his comedy show there a couple of weeks ago, which sparked all kinds of outrage. morgan said he regretted hurting people with his words. the obama ladies, all of them, michelle, the girls, even the first mother-in-law, they are all in south africa today. in fact, take a look at some of the pictures we have here at cnn. there they are, arriving there in pretoria. this is a one-week trip, two countries, and a lot of visits and meetings supporting the first lady's focus on opportunities for women and young people. let's go straight to
johannesburg, south africa, live. nkepile, mabuse. nkepile, from what i understand, you're describing the cities in south africa as being gripped by a sort of mrs. obamamania. what is that like for you there? >> definitely. i mean, she's front-page news. she's all that people are talking about. and i think south africans are really struck by how humble she is and how down to earth she is. and south africans can really connect with mrs. o'am bah traveling with her mother and the two girls because you know, on the african continent we're raised by grandmothers. so that has really been one thing that has made many south africans connect with michelle obama, the first lady of the u.s. i'll just tell you, i've been getting tweets all day from people who have been able to interact with mrs. obama. and this is how they're describing her. approachable and classy. mrs. obama gave each individual
her undivided attention. and somebody else says about 100-plus were in the room to welcome michelle obama and she took time to talk to all of us one on one. how awesome. i think south africans are really impressed, that she really is down to earth, somebody who is approachable and yet somebody who is so very powerful. >> yeah. and how awesome an experience it must be for sasha and malia as well, taking this amazing trip to south africa. but nkepile, tell me about this visit, this meeting the first lady had with nelson mandela. it was not planned, correct? >> it was -- well, we understand that it wasn't. i mean, until the last minute the white house and the nelson mands mandela foundation would not confirm that the meeting would happen. but of course when the announcement was made that the first lady was coming to south africa questions were raised, is she going to meet nelson mandela. they did meet. and i think mr. mandela admires
the obamas almost as much as they admire him. president obama has credited mr. mandela for really awakening him politically. he says the first political activity that he ever got involved in in college was in an anti-apartheid campaign. so i think mr. mandela was just as excited to meet michelle obama as she was to meet him, brooke. >> enjoy the assignment covering the first lady of the u.s. there and the mrs. obamamania. nkepile mabuse for me in johannesburg. thank you so much. and now watch this. >> i'm a logical person. and that was my logic. that's what i came up with. >> hmm. what he came up with. it's a plot that's got a lot of folks scratching their heads. have you heard about this today? this man is accused of robbing a bank for a single dollar. but it's not the money he was after. also, it is the tweet that has lit this firestorm online. we're going to talk more about roger ebert's comment that got "jackass" fans fuming mad.
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this is not your typical bank robbery. so a north carolina man, he walks into a bank, hands the clerk a note, and demands cash, all in hopes he gets caught. that's not even the strangest part here. he robs the bank for one single dollar. one buck. but it's not the dollar he wanted. reporter rad berke of our affiliate wcnc picks up the
story from here. >> first time i've ever been in trouble with the law. so it's not -- you know, it was -- you know, i'm sort of a logical person, and that was my logic. that's what i came up with. >> reporter: that is how james verone says he came to the decision to rob the rbc bank on new hope road on thursday last week. he had no gun but handed the teller a rather unusual note. >> the note said "this is a bank robbery. please only -- please only give me one dollar." >> reporter: then he did the strangest thing of all. >> i got away from the teller and then i walked back and i say i'll be sitting right over here on the chair waiting for the police. >> reporter: and that's what he did. so why did he do everything he could to get arrested? >> because i wanted to make -- make it known to whoever would know that, you know, it wasn't done for the monetary value, it
was done for, you know, medical reasons. >> reporter: that's right. james verone says he has no medical insurance. he says he has a growth of some sort on his chest, two ruptured discs, and a problem with his left foot. he's 59 years old, and with no job and a depleted bank account he thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care and a roof over his head. he says he's getting good medical care now but the jail doctor accuses him of manipulating the system. >> if it's called manipulation, then out of necessity, because i need medical care, then i guess i am manipulating the courts to get medical care. >> so here's the thing. there's a hitch in ver one's plan. since he only demanded a dollar, police charged him with larceny instead of bank robbery, which i guess unfortunately for him means he's in jail for a lot less time. all right. i want to take a look at a tweet here. it's from movie critic roger
ebert. and here it says, "friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." well, ebert is referring to "jackass" star ryan dunn's car crash. it's a crash that killed him and a fellow passenger. but dunn's fans and co-stars, they are so outraged over this. we're going to talk about the controversy coming up next. but first, here is some free money advice from the cnn help desk. >> time now for the help desk, where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, xwreg mcbride, he's the senior financial analyst at bankrate.com. and linnette kalfani, she's founder of the advice blog ask the coach.com. kimberly in florida asks, "my dad is 71 and retired in june of last year. he has money to live on and planned his retirement execution well. not counting his cash savings he has $250,000 in a 401(k) account and drawing it out when he's scheduled to do so. my dad wants his 401(k) to be as conservative as possible to limit any loss. so where should henvest the money he draws out?" greg? >> well, all the money ideally that you're going to take out for the next five years, you want to have that invested very conservatively.
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over 36 hours since the tragic death of reality tv star ryan dunn. the 34-year-old prankster best known for being one of the stars of mtv's "jackass" died yesterday morning along with a passenger after his car crashed into a wooded area in pennsylvania and simply caught fire. now, dunn's crash is still left
a lot of unanswered question, but now one we know the answer, to the identity of the passenger in his car. police identified the victim as zachary hardwell who once work said as a stunt car driver in one of dubof dunn's moves. both men died as a result of blunt-force trauma and the fire that consumed dunn's porsche after the crash. we know toxicology reports also being done and those won't be back for a couple of weeks. joining me now is senior reporter from x-17 online.com marco gonzalez. good to see you. let's talk specifically about this crash. i know you've been digging on this. what are you learning about just some of the events that led up to this? >> good to see you, brook. well, ryan dunn was at a bar before he hit the road that night in his porsche and he actually tweeted a picture before he hit the road and it was him drinking or appearing with alcohol with some friends and people are saying that maybe he just wasn't ready to hit the
road at that point, but soon after is when that tragedy happened near his hometown of westchester, pennsylvania. now let's talk a little bit about his relationship with the other members of the "jackass" family. as you mentioned, the twitter sphere has gone crazy since his death and many people are responding that he should be made an example. as you mentioned roger, better, the film critic did come out with a tweet that said friends don't let jackasses drink and drive. his co-stars are outraged. they're referring to him so many times in the personal tweets as a brother. he's been with the cast for so long. >> i know they're very sad and they've been treating as well. it is not yet clear. we know that dunn had tweeted two hours with a picture of him drinking, what looked to be beer, right? two hours before this crash, and so as you mentioned robert ebert -- roger ebert jumped out
with that tweet and he has since apologized. i do want to get that in. we created a graphic for this apology basically saying he's sorry. he's sorry for what he had tweeted. do you think in reading other tweets from dunn's friends, is that good enough? >> you know, it doesn't look like it. they had some pretty harsh words for roger ebert, and i think he felt the pressure that he had to come out. he was saying that that wasn't his intention with that twitter message he put out there. it was more of the fact that friends don't let friends drink and drive, but he said this before it was confirmed or there was talk that alcohol was involved. so it was a bit premature is what many people are saying and, you know, this guy had a long history with his cast members. he, you know, came on to the scene with bam margera back in the late '90s. they had a group called the cky group, it stood for camp kill yourself and they did videos. they did videos pretty is
imfloor what we see in the "jackass" films putting themselves in danger and living on theedge and that's what they became famous for. >> totally outlandish. you mentioned the name of this club and they're rock stars to some of these kids throughout and we don't know, as you mentioned. the toxicology reports will be out in a few weeks and we'll know if that at all played a role in that accident. marco gonzalez, thank you so much. i appreciate it. after a rough start to his presidential campaign, newt gingrich could use good news, but he's not getting it. another round of resignations from his staff today. wolf blitzer has your political ticker. that is next. plus he is one of america's most wanted fugitives linked to nearly two dozen deaths and now the fbi's hatching up a new way, a creative way to nab him. that's coming up. well-being. we're all striving for it.
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time now for your cnn "politics" update. let's go with wolf blitzer with news off your political ticker. it was two weeks ago that we were talking about newt gingrich and the senior staffers balog him and now fund raisers are quitting. >> you know, it's really amazing when you think about it, maybe 16, 20 of his staffers quit a couple of years ago after he and his wife calista took that tour in the eastern mediterranean to the greek isles and turkey at a time when everyone thought he should be raising money going to
iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, florida and trying to get engaged shortly after he announced he was running for the republican presidential nomination. shortly after he came back from that eastern mediterranean cruise they quit and now today we're learning his two top fund raisers have quit as well. his campaign fund raiser and a top campaign consultant. the newt gingrich campaign and press secretary issued a statement saying newt 2012 continues its reorganization to achieve a grassroots-driven, substantive solutions campaign. we wish the members of the finance team who decided to leave the best. the campaign continues forward as committed as ever, but only yesterday in announcing his schedule for the week, you're in atlanta. >> right. >> where he's spending most of his time in georgia and a little bit of time in washington, d.c., area. missing in action and in any activity in new hampshire or south carolina or iowa or any of
the early primary and caucus states raising all sorts of questions. if he is serious about running for president of the united states how is he doing it? just on the internet? not even appearing on tv all that much. we invited him to come on our show, the situation room on an almost daily basis. >> no dice. >> maybe some place or some time down the road, but so far he's refused to come on the show for whatever reason, but he's got an open invitation if he'd like to. so we're wondering what's happening with his campaign. i know that a lot of his own supporters are basically concluding it's almost over for newt gingrich as a presidential campaign. we're going to be talking to one of his former press secretaries, rich galen who is joining us in "the the situation room" today together with james carville. they've got strong views on this issue and a lot of other issues and we'll have all of the day's news right after you. >> wolf blitzer, i do want to let you than we're sending t.j.
holmes after newt gingrich and i will have t.j. personally ask him why he has not appeared on "the situation room." we'll see what he says. wolf blitzer, thank you so much. >> we'll get another political update for you in a half hour. now top of the hour, take a look at this. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com he's one of america's most wanted, an accused serial killer who has been on the run for years and suddenly the feds want him so badly they're making an unprecedented push to track him down and it involves his girlfriend. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. another republican goes all in. i'm john huntsman and i'm running for president of the united states. >> the former utah governor says the country faces an un-american future. >> everything is at stake. >> but he's got one thing on his competitors, he's worked for president obama. so does he know the opponent's playbook? >> cigarettes kill and the government hope these new ads will prove it once and for all, but there's something different about these warnings that will
be hard to ignore. >> yesterday i was in the desert and now i'm back home. >> a dad's dream becomes one kid's surprise. >> welcome back here. hour two of the cnn "newsroom." i'm brooke baldwin. it sounds a lot like a scene from a martin scorcese movie. the feds plot to get the long-wanted, murderous mobster. the guy they're trying to nab is a role for a scorcese film. remember the mob boss character there? check it out. >> when i was your age they would say we can become cops or criminals. what i'm saying is this, when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference? >> well, the fugitive the fbi wants to nab is off straight the most wanted list.
it is james, he goes by "whitey bulger. he is linked to almost two dozen murder, a plot the fbi has hatched, get whitey's girlfriend. the fbi hopes people who watch daytime television can help. the agency is running a psa, a public service announcement on "regis and kelly," "the view" and even "ellen degeneres." their have you seen this woman? the fbi is offering $100,000 for tips leading to katherine greig's whereabouts. these photos were from the 1990s. she has had plastic surgeries. she is noted for harboring whitey bulger. 06-year-old greig is the girlfriend of 81-year-old bulger. he has a violent temper and charged with 19 murders. call the tip line at 1-800-call-fbi. >> that's the psa you may soon be seeing. here he is from the fbi, he supervises the agency task force
looking for whitey bulger and his girlfriend. good to have you on. >> i never thought i would hear the fbi targeting tv show like "the view" or manicurists, beauty sal orngs dental offices to find this killer and vis-a-vis his girlfriend. talk to me about her habits that you're hoping to exploit to track him down. >> well, brooke, what we're looking to do is to really focus in on her and she's had multiple plastic surgeries. she's very vain about her appearance. she was a dental hygienist before she fled and we're really looking to focus in on that daytime audience to appeal to her co-workers, her neighbors, her manicurist, barber shop, veterinary clinics, hospitals, anything that will focus in on her habits. that's really what we're looking for. >> in focusing on these markets the fact that she likes to keep her teeth clean and could be
coming to a dental office near you, i mean, is this a first for the fbi going about it this way? >> it's a -- it's an innovative approach for us. we focused in on bulger himself for 16 years, and i think it was a really good time to refocus on to her during 2010 and 2011, and connect the dots with her and him and really focus in on that 21-year age difference. he being 81 and she being 60. >> it's interesting that you point that out, but the number here, 1995. that was the year he officially went on the lam with her. why -- why so much attention now? why today? >> because i just think it's -- we feel as a task force and an agency that it's a good time to focus on her and really, really
target the audience, the daytime audience that will give us the tips and leads and really specific tips on her which will connect to him. >> why not show a bunch of pictures of him. why not get men, his habit, men to turn him in. why focus women? is there something about women that you think they'll be more willing to call up the fbi? >> no. i think that we focused on bulger through a lot of extensive publicity both domestically and internationally and she's always played kind of a second tier to him, and we just think it's time to reshift that focus. not so much the female audience during the day, but the entire audience during the day, that daytime viewing audience. >> richard teehan, what is it about an 81-year-old that is so hard to find? >> very manipulative, very
charismatic, deals in cash only. does not leave a credit trail. very careful about who he interacts with. will usually embed himself in a community and people will really feel like he's a fatherly figure and they absolutely do not believe that he is a fugitive. >> we will follow up with you. you're airing this psa in 14 cities nationwide and significant for either one of these individuals. you have a billboard in times square and richard, best of luck to you. let us know when you catch him or her. >> thank you, brooke. you're about to see rapid fire. let's go. nearly ten years after the war in afghanistan began, president obama is set to reveal how it begins to end. tomorrow night in a prime time address to the nation he is expected to announce plans to withdraw 30,000 u.s. troops from the war zone by the end of next year, but a source tells cnn military chiefs advise president obama to do something different.
we're going go to the pentagon and get a live report for you on that ahead. at least 44 people died north of moscow after a russian jetliner made a premature descent, hit a pine tree and burst into flames there and crashed on to this highway. according to officials the jet had 43 passengers and a crew of nine onboard whether it took off from moscow just last night. several passengers and one flight attendant did survive after people who lived near the crash site pulled them out of the wreckage. no word yet on what cause the crash. speaking of crashes here. frightening moment there on cam. watch this. you have a race car getting pushed into the guardrail and then it plows into the crowd. watch it again here. this happened at the spoirts drone speedway, indiana, saturday and amazingly. look at that, despite the vicious crash no one was killed but it did send four people to the hospital. landing on those folks. i want to take you inside of
a tornado. watch this. here it is, the twister touching down along the nebraska, kansas border. four members of a family were slightly injured. because of this their home totally destroyed. last night's storm disrupted the college world series and at first the people didn't take the sirens too seriously and then they started to run. fans took shelter until the storm was able to run. the national weather says winds were close 07 miles an hour and that game has been rescheduled for tonight. >> now a central florida neighborhood is on the lookout for these guys, a pack of alligators that escaped from a pen by digging under the fence. wild life officials say 17 gators escaped. so far, only a handful have been caught which needless to say have some people a little bit concerned. >> the last one that was caught on friday evening was about 5'3". >> i tell my wife that there are eight unaccounted for. >> that will not sit so well, sir, with her.
to. to new hampshire with a soldier who just returned from iraq surprised his son and naturally throws out the first pitch to his kid. watch this. the dad, specialist scott tortore describes his quick turnaround from the war. >> yesterday i was in the desert, you know, now i'm back home and it's green beautiful to be with my friends and family. >> welcome home, scott, and think, all of the other troops who returned over the weekend. >> the government rolling out new cigarette warnings. if you think these pictures are graphic and here are a couple of them, you should see the labels in other countries. coming up next, hear from a health director in canada who reveals their graphic and graphic warnings have helped people stop smoking. also this. from the bottom of my heart i apologize to everybody. >> comedian tracy morgan speaks publicly for the first time since going on the homophobic
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countries around the world have begun using the warnings and some of them very, very graphic. here in the states the new graphics will cover 25% of these cigarette boxes, but why are new lables being attached to these -- these packages? according to the center for disease control and prevention, if you took all of the deaths that happened each and every year, add up the car accident, hiv, illegal drug use, suicide, alcohol use and murders it still would not add up to the number of deaths caused by smoking. in fact, canada is one of the country that's been using the graphics for ten years now. i spoke to the head of the tobacco division and asked him is is a lot of this about trying to stop young people from picking up the habit, here's what he told me. >> absolutely. we are very mindful of is to make sure people do not start smoking. we are looking at having people quit and definitely that people do not start is very, very
important. one of the things to go along with the warning labels obviously in canada is the age at which kids can start legally buying these packs. these measures are also very important in trying to reduce prevalence and preventing kids from smoking. >> we can't even show you here on television some of these warning lables, but you can check them out if you go online. you can see what the lables look like from all around the world. go to cnn.com/health. tracy morgan back on stage in nashville today. this time not for show, but for an apology. tracy morgan met with audience members offended by his homophobic rant on june 3rd and kevin rogers posted details of morgan's rant online and led to public and celebrity outrage. one comment in particular sparked controversy that if he had a gay son he would pull out a knife and stab him. today morgan apologized again vowing to change his stand-up
routine. >> so, from the bottom of my heart i apologize to everybody who i offended with my words on stage in nashville and anywhere else. i just apologize to you, and i want to take this opportunity -- i mean, to err is human, but to forgive is divine. these young people here forgave me. thank you, kevin. thank you. thank you, everybody. >> morgan agreed to record a public service announcement for the gay and lesbian allowance against defamation to amplify your voice campaign. >> you know for months now we have been telling you that people in syria are being attacked in the middle of the streets and there is new video showing precisely what's happening. it's video of a gun battle. you can hear the shots ringing out and you will see it next. plus a possible game changer in libya. the u.s. is apparently using drones to take on the gadhafi
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bullets are flying. people, you can see them, not there, earlier running for cover and protesters took to the streets following bashar al assad's address on syrian state television just yesterday and a ginn, when we show you these images we have to stress cnn cannot confirm the authe enenti as our reporters are not allowed in syria. it was an unmanned surveillance helicopter, no pilots, no crew onboard. here's what viewers of libyan state tv saw afterward. a reporter described this as that of an apache helicopter which does carry two people. it is not an apache helicopter. i want to go to cnn david mckinsey live in the city of tripoli been what does nato say happened to this aircraft? how did it go down? >> reporter: we don't know
exactly how this went down, brooke, but what we do know is that the last contact with the fire scout, i have to say you talked about the libyan state tv footage, it's not the first time they said they've shot down. it's the fifth time they've said they shot down an apache helicopter. we do know it was launched or took off from a u.s. navy vessel. it is a u.s. navy fire squadron. we do know that the american military is doing 70% of the surveillance at least in the campaign. brooke? >> do you know, david, how much nato is using unmanned aircraft? do we know if they're all american or else? >> reporter: well, as i just said so much of the intelligence gathering of the surveillance is being handled by the u.s. military. when the white house had to put forward that explanation of the
u.s.'s involvement in this. they did say after that first section where u.s. planes were heavily involved in striking targets, that's not dropped off and we're seeing a great deal of support going in from the u.s. navy, but one issue particularly is these drones, are those drones and unmanned drones. they've admitted they used predator drones from this camp camp. obviously now they're using this fire scout. this was only put into action recently in the last few years, initially to encounter narcotics campaigns in central and south america and also more recently in afghanistan. certainly significant that we see proof that this particular drone is being used and certainly indication of the level of of intelligence gathering that is going on from the u.s. side in this nato campaign. >> david, let's also talk misrata. can you tell me what happened there last night? what are these pictures we've been seeing?
>> well, it's hard for me to tell exactly what pictures you're mentioning, in misrata and the east of tripoli. today there were a series of rocket attacks on that city. this is disputed between the rebels in the east and the moammar gadhafi regime and at least one person was killed according to the reporters in the east. there was another attack early yesterday morning by nato west of here in tripoli. it might be those pictures and there was a house or the compound that was struck. a senior gadhafi aid lives in that house and he was not hit. nato says that they're targeting individuals in this campaign, but that was a command and control center, but we saw at least three children that were pulled from that wreckage dead. so certainly the civilian casualties in this campaign are becoming an issue for nato, but one must remember, brooke,
gadhafi's force are accused of targeting civilians directly and hiding their military assets in civilian areas. brooke? >> right. and you did address them in the pictures we saw. we also saw images of young children appearing to be burned on their faces as a result of what happened in misrata. david, thank you. back here at home, tim paulenty is about to do what no other candidate has done, at least not yet and he's hoping that by becoming the first to do this certain thing he is closer to getting the republican nomination. find out about his big move next. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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get help paying for what medicare doesn't... and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. >> time now go to washington to get our cnn equals politics update. let's go with mark preston to get news off of the ticker. mark preston, we have newt gingrich news. you were the one, i think, who broke the news, right? they're out and now fund-raisers are out as well. >> brooke, if things couldn't get worse for newt gingrich, they certainly have today. two top fund-raiser have left the operation. newt gingrich is someone who has faced turmoil before, but certainly this is turmoil that he certainly doesn't need at this point. he's trying to have his campaign re-launched at this point after he lost at least 16 staffers in a major campaign shake-up about
two weeks ago, but now his two top fund raise verse left. so newt gingrich's spokes mran is saying the campaign will move forward, but questions really remain how can they move forward if they're not raising the money that's need. tim pawlenty seems to be going in the other direction. he, in fact, is planning to spend $50,000 on television ads that will begin airing tomorrow in iowa. these ads are going to introduce tim pawlenty to the very influential voters in that state and also they're going to explain why they should choose him to be the republican nominee. so tim pawlenty going on the air, the first candidate really doing this major buy, major television buy. but you know, here's someone that you haven't heard from in a while. christine o'donnell. do you remember i'm not a witch? >> delaware. of course. >> she was republican nominee for senate in delaware back last year. she surprised everybody. she has a new book coming out
right now. it's called "troublemaker" which is a great name because she caused so much heartache and heartburn when she won the primary. in this book she talks about how her advisers were surprised and really advised her not to be so honest and open about her background and how she got into politics, and of course, the whole idea of i am not a witch was a television ad that came out and a very unconventional television ad that was meant to beat back the acknowledgement that she had made several years earlier that she had dabbled into witchcraft. >> thanks for the air quote, preston. >> i have to do it, right? >> the dabbling in witchcraft. she says she's going to explain the behind the scenes thinking behind that commercial. so, brooke, she has a new book out and christine o'donnell who has been rather quiet seems to be making her way back on to the scene. >> mark preston. good to know. thank you.
>> thanks. there are concerns among the american people who are tired of a decade of war. >> during his final days here as defense secretary, robert gates gets candid on afghanistan, that coming just 24 hours before president obama's going to make that prime time speech to americans on the next step in the war zone and a source tells cnn the war chiefs disagreed. disagreed with the president's decision. that is next. plus, the first lady going to south africa. find out what happened when she met with nelson mandela. that's next.
a couple of stories here. we have a troop drawdown in afghanistan. the first lady visiting africa and it turns out lots of travelers love their hotel, but don't feel the same about their airlines. time to play reporter roulette. chris lawrence. chris, we know big address tomorrow night. the president is laying out his plans to begin bringing troops home from afghanistan. do we know yet exactly what he'll say? >> yeah, brooke. congressional sources are telling us that the president will announce that he's going to bring the entire 30,000 surge troops home by the end of next year and that he may be looking to bring home as many as 10,000 troops by the end of this year. that would be a little bit more than the pentagon had asked for. military official, the source says u purred for only 5,000 troops to come home this year while at other end of the spectrum you had senator, you had congressmen like senator carl levine calling for as many as 15,000 to come home by the end of the year. >> okay, so we're talking surge
troops, 30,000 out by the end of next year. did the president face -- how much pressure did he face in terms of keeping the troops there even longer? >> there is always pressure. on one hand, you have the military pressure and retired general spider marks said a couple of hours ago on cnn's air, even a low number, 5,000 will be a loss for the commander who loses 5,000 troops while at the other end of the spectrum, the afghanistan war is costing about $2 billion per week and some people say that's just economically, you know, unsustainable in this economy. >> all right. chris lawrence at the pentagon. chris, appreciate it. next, michelle obama visits ja south africa. >> there is no doubt that meeting nelson mandela will be one of the main highlights of the first lady's visit to south africa. we understand the meeting lasted 20 minutes. it was a private meeting so we don't have details of what was
discussed and we is can see from some of the pictures that were released that mr. mandela is holding a book. this is one of his books that has not yet been released and it's a book of his kwo takes over the years and the first lady got a copy after the meeting. there's mutual rp between the obamas and mr. mandela. mr. obama credit mrs. mandela for his political awakening. the first political campaign he took part in was an anti-apartheid campaign. he received nothing, but praise from nelson mandela. president obama has met mr. mandela very, very briefly in 2005, so it was nothing like what the first lady experienced today in south africa. brooke? >> nkepile, thank you. the dow jumping more than 100 points today. here are the final numbers. right above 12, 12,190.
allison kosik live at the new york stock exchange. that'sat's good news. what's behind that? >> it is good news. it was all about greece today. investors betting that the greek prime minister with a parliamentary vote of confidence. this is all about the greek debt issue we've been talking about. this means that greece could be closer to a bailout package. of course, if the prime minister wins this vote of confidence it means he has a better chance of pushing through these austerity measures or these spending cuts. it is the determining factor whether or not greece will get a bailout package. brooke? >> so as you're watching greece i'm watching your twitter feed, allison kosik, and i love how you phrased this today. you say it almost sounds like a bad joke. a guy walks into the bank and hold up the bank for one dollar. explain. explain why. >> yeah. this is in the news of the weird, right? so, yeah, he gives this note and says please, give me only $1 and
then materiels the bank employees, you what? i'm going to be sitting right out there, right outside on this chair waiting for police and he perches himself right on the chair and waits for the cops to arrive. this was all an attempt for to go to jail. he wants free healthcare. he has a lot of medical problems and he figured, you what? healthcare is free in jail, think, taxpayers foot the bill, but this was his way of getting health care. kind of sad, but strange at the same time. >> bummer for him. he only took a dollar because that only meant he was booked for larceny and didn't have the jail care he wanted. go figure. >> that's the kicker, that he didn't go to jail as long as he wants. if the pen atty is not enough, the crime will happen again, he says. >> almost sounds like a threat. let's talk airlines and also
hotels. an interesting juxtaposition. we love our hotel, but we hate our airlines. >> we hate the airlines and the poor service we get, the annoying bag fees and higher ticket prices and travelocity says airfares will go up another 10% by thursday, june 23rd, just in time for the fourth of july holiday and in a sprit survey, this is an american customer satisfaction index. travelers are more satisfied with their hotels because they can find more rate, fancy gyms and it's easier to accumulate the reward points and hotels realize to throw in the freebies because more of them are out there. so throwing in those free nights and the spa kind of days and room upgrades just to get people in. it's more of an enjoyable experience doing the hotel thing than the airline thing. >> extra cocktail, extra breakfast. we like that, allison kosik, we do. >> yeah.
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>> astronaut mark kelly says he is retire, but here ate other headline. he and his new wife have a new gig -- excuse me, his wife have a new gig. kelly and giffords announcing they'll be writing a book about their lives together. the memoir will cover everything to way back to how they met to the tragic shooting in january. kelly will call it quits at nass this upcoming october 1st. john huntsman is officially in the race. the republican race for president. he made the announcement today with the statue of liberty as the backdrop from the same spot where ronald reagan launched his campaign 30 years ago. our joe johns hassed profile of the republican latest candidate. >> reporter: a guy who could star in his own music video. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: former utah governor john huntsman might never have gotten into politics if his plan of playing keyboards in a plan had worked out. >> my initial passion in life
was to be a rock 'n' roll musician. in my late teens you wouldn't have recognized me. my hair was rod stewart shaggy. i wouldn't wear anything, but super skinny jeans. i ended up leaving high school a bit short of graduation to play with a band called wizard. i thought it was my ticket to fame. >> reporter: wizard didn't make it, but huntsman still has the rock star thing going on. good looks, lots of money, popular back home and knows how to ride a motorcycle, oh, and his dad's a billionaire. huntman is a star, too, and a threat to re-election so much so that they actually hired him and sent him off to the other side of the planet as u.s. ambassador to china, almost 7,000 miles away from washington, d.c., though he did not stay for long. now that he's back home democrats and president are singing huntsman's praise hoping his ties to mr. obama will be a
turnoff to american voters? i'm sure he will be successful in whatever endeavors he chooses in the future, and i'm sure that him having worked so well with me will be a great asset in any republican primary. >> he's perceived by some as a moderate, a past supporter of civil unions and immigration reform which is a big problem for leading conservatives like richard vigory. >> i don'ted see him as a serious candidate. i'm a big fan of the cliche or the idea that personality is policy. tell me who you walk with and i'll tell you who you are. john huntsman doesn't walk with us. >> reporter: john huntsman is a mofrmon and he doesn't overemphasize it. i'm a christian and i'm proud of my roots. take a look at my family. take a look at my val juice some republicans say concerns about the mormon faith could be settled this election partly because mitt romney, another potential candidate is mormon
also. >> he and mitt romney are both in here. if either makes the credible message to be the republican nominee that will dissipate. sfwloo and joe johns is joining me now. so, joe, skinny jeans and rock 'n' roll aspirations, who would have thunk? john huntsman. i had no idea. let's talk about the rollout because there's much to do about the backdrop with lady liberty behind him. you tell me, not exactly the smoothest. what are people saying there? >> a lot of little stuff. many candidate go through this at different levels. it's sort of like, john huntsman, welcome to the nfl. he's intelligent and picked a great place for his announcement and some were saying that the speech was uninspiring and the answer is get used to it. he's honestly just not known as the kind of orator who brings down the house. people who know him know that. >> okay, but then there is this other glitch. someone spelled his first name wrong on the press passes?
really? that's a little embarrassing. >> j-o-n. his first name has no "h" in it. the person who ordered the press passes didn't know that. how do you get the candidate's name spelled wrong coming right out of the blocks? >> not only that, they sent the media covering the announcement to saudi arabia? >> there are a lot of politicians who would like to send their media coverage to saudi arabia, but our political producer shannon travers says the media people who are heading the campaign almost got dropped off this plane that was headed to saudi arabia. apparently, it was the port authority and not the campaign that was the source of the confusion, but it's little entertaining stuff at beginning of the game that makes things interesting. >> john huntsman, wants to be at
the white house. now this -- >> there were 50 guards working across ten check points every day at the border they will intersent on average 20 girls at risk of being trafficked. >> actress demi moore gets a disturbing look into the secret world of sex slavery. she reveals how young girls are captured and forced to have sex. that's next.
we'll pass along news just in to us at cnn. you know that the defense secretary robert gates will be stepping down from his post that he's held for quite a while at the end of this month and we have just learned here as we're showing these live pictures from the senate floor. we're showing them because the senate has now officially approved the nomination for the current cia director leon panetta to then move on to become the next secretary of defense. that news just coming down us to at cnn. let's check in with wolf blitzer in washington with a look at what's coming up on "the situation room." wolf, no big surprise there that leon panneta was officially approved. >> no. he's been around a long time and i covered him since he was on
the house budget committee and then president clinton in 1993 brought him to the office of management and made hum budget director and shortly thereafter he brought him to the white house to become his chief of staff and now he's about to become defense secretary of the united states. he's highly regarded here in washington, not just by democrats, but by republicans as well and that's why he got the speedy confirmation as the next secretary of defense. he will head over to the pentagon and we'll see if general petraeus has been nominated to become the next cia director replacing pan ate and gets that lopsided vote in his confirmation. i assume he will. he's pretty popular as well. so things are moving on the national security front at least as the personnel situation is concerned, pretty smoothly for the president. he does have a huge problem with afghanistan right now. a lot of folks, democrats and republicans are not happy with the pace of the withdrawal of u.s. troops from afghanistan. we'll assess it coming up in
"the situation room." tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern the president will address the nation on how many of those 100,000 troops will start coming out of afghanistan right away. it's an expensive ordeal and a lot of bloodshed going on and at a time when the popularity for the u.s. military mission in afghanistan is going down and the stakes certainly in an election year for the president are enormous. >> as chris lawrence had been reporting it cost $2 billion a week to maintain that war in afghanistan. wolf blitzer, we'll see you in a couple of minutes. thank you so much. >> thank you. it is an absolute horror story, young girls living a normal life for one second and in the next second they're kidnapped and forced into sex slavery. some are lucky enough to escape and be rescued. actress demi moore spoke to several people at the board cross point. we are calling it "nepal's stolen children." >> today i'm with anarata at the
kathmandu airport boarding a plane to india or to be precise, to take me to the border nepal shares with india. it's across that boarder that thousands of nepalese girls are travl trafficked into brothels of mumbai, calcutta and other neighboring cities. in just four hours at the border i saw several thousand people crossing over. anarata introduces me to nepal's own border guards. their slight appearance belies an intense determination which is borne from their own experience. all of the nepal's gaursd were themselves trafficked into brothels. there are 50 guards working for mari nepal across ten checkpoints. every day at the border they will intercept on average 20 girls at risk of being trafficked. >> can you explain to me how it exactly works?
>> translator: she says every girl they watch and they watch the men also. they watch and as soon as they catch the suspect one takes the girl or she takes the boy and cross question. after cross questioning if they find that whatever they're saying is not true, then if it is a boy you hand over the boy to the police station and then they take the girl and go to the transit home. >> don't forget to watch this documentary. nepal's stolen children. a cnn freedom project sunday night at 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. now to an interesting moment in the casey anthony murder trial as the defense claims little caylee drowned and the family covered this whole thing up there are suspicions that casey anthony stole this theery from where you're asking in wait until you hear this. sunny haleston is on the case. she's next. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar? you enjoy that. i am.
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>> now let's check out tomorrow's news today. let's "fast forward." as wolf was mentioning all eyes on president obama as he gives a speech on the u.s. involvement in afghanistan. it will be tomorrow 8:00 eastern. plus al capone's gun on the auction block in london. the gangster's colt 38 which currently belongs to a private collector is expected to fetch more than 100 grand. also queen noor of jordan will join me live here in the "newsroom," don't miss that
conversation. now to this. is it a coincidence or perhaps the inspiration for casey anthony's bombshell defense. i want you to see what the prosecutor here in the casey anthony case told the judge just this morning. it's about an inmate who is in the same jail as anthony. watch. >> the name of the witness is april whalen. apparently her child died in a swimming pool and was found by the child's grandfather who immediately administered cpr and called 911. >> sunny halston is on the case. april whalen was in the cell next to casey anthony for a short time. is there an indication that the two women spoke? >> well, not at this time. we have heard from allen moore. he's the public information officer for the jail. he has indicated that there are no records or reports that indicate that there was any contact between casey anthony and april whalen, but that from
june 4th to june 8th of 2009 they did share the same dorm within the jail. and their rooms or their cell, rather, were right next to each other. at this point we don't know that there is indication that they spoke to each other. in fact, april whalen said she never spoke to casey anthony, but she did speak to other people in the jail about the circumstances. the prosecution is continuing its investigation to determine whether or not casey anthony somehow indirectly learned of the specifics of what happened to april whalen. >> let's say since we don't know specifically yet if it was direct or indirect, either way, could this turn out to be a huge issue here in the trial? >> well, it certainly could if it is found, brook, that there was some sort of indirect contact between the two then that would or could explain in the prosecution's rebuttal case where this defense theory of caylee's accidental drowning
came from. so you're going have to stay tuned because the prosecution has indicated that its investigation is still ongoing into the facts. >> let's talk about the judge. you and i are saying that judge is not messing around at all. he scolded prosecutors and the defense yesterday and called an early recess engaging in his word, gamesmanship. here's the judge right there. is the situation there in the courtroom any better today, sunny? >> no question about it, brooke. it was a completely different day today. there's still the back and forth with the prosecution objecting and a couple of sidebars, but we don't see what we saw yesterday which was the prosecution asking for sanctions against jose baez and sort of that back and forth. we're not seeing any more of that. obviously, judge perry laid down the law yesterday. >> okay. also we know the defense witness testified about how long caylee anthony's remains were in the wooded area before they were